Background paper colors?

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  1. NJMAN

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    I have used muslin backgrounds for portrait photography for the last 4 years, and I'm really sick of it. I don't want to deal with the wrinkles, lint, and periodic cleaning. I have standard colors of solid black, solid cream color (off white), and marbled blue/gray.

    I want to make the switch to seamless background paper. Does anyone have any recommendations for size, basic solid colors to start with, brand, price, etc.? I have a backdrop system that is usually set up at 9 feet wide, but I can extend to 12 feet.

    I want to start with the most basic and versatile colors to get the most use of them. What do you think, gray, or white, or black to start with? I usually shop online at Adorama.

    Thanks for any help on this!

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    Here are all the colors: Paper (Savage)

    You can make grey backgrounds any color you want with strobed light (background exposure value) and/or gels.

    NAPP members do not pay for regular shipping from B&H Photo Video.

    Adorama says to NAPP members: "(Note: Free shipping does not apply to some extra heavy or long items ie: long background paper)".

    A NAPP membership costs $99 a year. You would save more than that in just 2 shipments of 4 rolls in each shipment of seamless.

    There is a NAPP referral link in my siggy ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ if you were to decide to join.

    Imagine how much one can save just on seamless shipments to Minneapolis, at about 60 rolls of seamless a year. (about $830 in yearly saved shipping charges if delivered as 10 separate shipments of 6 rolls each, just by being a NAPP member and ordering only seamless through B&H's NAPP member link.)
     
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    Gray is very easy to work with. I like the darker #27, Thunder Gray quite a bit. Black is a superb choice for using with gels. Savage is a good brand. I can buy it locally, so that's kind of handy. I like the Manfrotto/Bogen autopoles and their nifty expan drive system for backdrop support--it makes the paper roll up and down easily and without wrinkling.
     
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    Thank you both very much for the great info! You have been very helpful. I really appreciate it. :)

    NJ
     
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    grey.

    you can make it any color you desire with gels
     
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    +1 for Thunder gray and +1 for @rondal's comment about using gels to add color.
     
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    Awesome! and by the way, B&H rocks! I shop there all the time. :)
     
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    I'd love to spend a week or so roaming their store.
     

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